To graduate, a student in the Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy must demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Describe & critically assess the political, legal, philosophical, economic, financial, or social framework of U.S. health policy.
  2. Explain the workings of policy mechanisms, such as insurance systems, quality monitoring, provider payment methods, definition of benefit packages, & methods of funding health services.
  3. Apply economic concepts & theories to the analysis of healthcare policy issues & to inform decision-making & policy development.
  4. Synthesize policy-relevant qualitative information relevant to key issues in US health policy, including a full range of evidence related to the legislative, regulatory, & judicial processes.
  5. Apply the core elements of a policy analysis to key issues in US health services & public health policy.
  6. Describe the history, structure, & financing of the United States healthcare system.

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